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L.A.'s First Asian Night Market Pops Up April 14

An unidentified woman serves food at a Night Market in Bangkok, Thailand (project1photography /
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The Night Market is an institution in many Asian countries, and now Angelenos will get a taste of the after-sunset food and fun thanks to the 626 Night Market which is popping up for one night only this month in Pasadena.

The free event is open to the public, and will take place April 14, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Oakland Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street. The Market got its name thanks, of course, to the 626 area code where many of Los Angeles County's Asian residents call home. It's the first Night Market to pop up in Los Angeles that is focused on multiple Asian cuisines and cultures; a Malaysian Night Market took over Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade in December 2010.

The primary goal of the event is to "bring an icon of Asian culture, food, and commerce to Southern California: the Asian Night Market," but also to support local businesses, including restaurants, in this tough economy.

The event is at its vendor capacity, with 80 participating businesses planning to sell their wares, and mouth-watering eats, at the event. Attendees can purchase an array of tantalizing Pan-Asian fare, like Honk Kong-style egg waffles, Boba milk teas, Filipino inspired fusion food, Taiwanese crepes, stinky tofu, Indonesian fried noodles, Chinese donut sticks, and much, much more.

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Organizers say they are hoping the inaugural 626 Night Market will prove successful and pave the way for "a bigger, better recurring event." We'll see you the night of Saturday, April 14!